Do the followers make a difference in whether a leader is effective?
Good followers complement good leaders like salt complements pepper. The one is not without the other, and it's just as difficult to be a good follower as it is to be a good leader. Here's the give and take on good leaders vs. good followers:
A good leader advises, never orders. A good follower takes the advise and carries out the tasks given, and if he has a question or doesn't understand something he asks. A good leader listens politely and gives immediate feedback.
Even the best of leaders can make mistakes. When he sees those mistakes, a good follower doesn't criticize or point the finger of blame. Instead, he politely and discreetly suggests ways to improve or rectify the situation. The good leader takes the wise counsel of a good follower.
Both good leaders and good followers recognize that they're a team.